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Get Ready for “Get Ready Day 2009” and National Preparedness Month

The Get Ready campaign, sponsored by the American Public Health Association, provides information, resources, and tools to ensure that individuals, families, and communities in the United States are better prepared for a potential influenza pandemic, emerging disease outbreak, natural disaster, or other hazardous health situation.

APHA held the first-ever Get Ready Day in Washington, D.C., in September 2007 at an elementary school. Now held annually on the third Tuesday in September, Get Ready Day is timed to coincide with National Preparedness Month (September), which urges all Americans to “Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed and Get Involved.”

Visit the website at for ideas on planning an event, as well as free downloadable materials including fact sheets, games for kids, and more. The Get Ready Event Guide is available as a downloadable PDF which includes an event checklist, planning tips, a sample news release and donation letter and a list of suggested activities.

Since time may be running out to plan and organize an event, a link is also provided to add the Get Ready logo to an organizational Website and link directly to the Get Ready campaign.

Additional information on National Preparedness Month can be found at . The Ready Campaign is partnering with Citizen Corps and the Ad Council in spreading the emergency preparedness message this September for the sixth annual National Preparedness Month (NPM). 

Last year, seven libraries registered their intent to promote National Preparedness Month. Individual libraries can register to be a National Preparedness Coalition Member at The free registration provides access to a 51-page how-to manual on promoting disaster preparedness, posters, logos, a PowerPoint presentation, and web banners. More than 3,200 organizations registered last year, including schools, government agencies, faith-based organizations, non-profits, military and others.

In addition, many publications may be downloaded at, with no registration required.

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